Recall Roundup: VW Group Fuel Leaks, Chevrolet Volt Hatches, GM CUV Stop-Sale, and More

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

A group of Volt owners on Facebook have complained that the manual rear lift gate on the 2015 Chevrolet Volt isn't that great. According to the posts, the hatch struts might not open the hatch all the way, leading many owners to bump their heads on the hatch. To remedy this, GM issued a "Customer Satisfaction program" (not a recall, but like a recall), which will offer free hatch-strut replacements to owners of 2011-2015 Volts.

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The Top 5 Most Fuel Efficient Cars, Trucks and EVs of 2015

Does your vehicle run like the Energizer Bunny?

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are looking more and more attractive these days thanks to falling gas prices. With that said, fuel efficiency is still a benchmark automakers seek to improve in their vehicles every year. We break down the most fuel efficient vehicles by cars, trucks, and EVs, thanks to a little help from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Why It Actually Makes More Sense to Buy a Fuel-Efficient Car When Gas Is Cheap

Low gas prices usually cause people to buy gas-guzzlers. That's dumb.

Gas prices dropped precipitously late last year, driven by an unexpected surplus and reduced demand, and so naturally people are taking advantage of this fact by buying less fuel-efficient cars. In a certain way this makes sense. High gas prices make people more likely to buy more fuel-efficient cars, so lower prices should have the opposite effect.

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The Top 5 Least Fuel Efficient (but Most Fun) Cars of 2015

They get terrible gas mileage, but they do get our adrenaline pumping.

While SUVs tend to be pegged as the biggest gas-guzzlers, it's actually high-end luxury cars that get the worst fuel economy ratings. These cars may have the worst fuel economy ratings, but on the flipside, they also have the highest fun ratings too. And if performance and pampering are things you're looking for in a vehicle where money is no object, you're probably not as concerned with fuel efficiency ratings anyway. But, for grins, here are the top 5 least fuel efficient cars of 2015.

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Recall Roundup: Polaris Slingshot Stop-Sale, Toyota Prius V, and Four Subaru Models

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Last year, we were hit with an unprecedented level of vehicle recalls, spurred by GM's ignition-switch debacle. These recalls affected, and continue to effect, nearly every automaker selling cars in the United States, and as the number of recalls continues to rise, the chance that you might have a recalled car in your garage will continue to increase. That's why we collect all the recall notices from the past week and put them right here, in an easily digestible roundup.

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Tula Tech is Paving the Way for Future Efficiency with Dynamic Skip Fire

GM Ventures is banking on the Silicon Valley startup.

If you're driving a vehicle produced after 2005, there's a decent chance your vehicle has at least one type of fuel-economy technology, whether it's stop/start or cylinder deactivation, also known as variable displacement. Automakers are trying everything they can to conserve fuel and squeeze a few more miles-per-gallon out of that new ride, which includes the latest development from Tula Technologies.

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